Church of England Diocese of Bath & Wells Norton Fitzwarren

Advice for Parishes about Coronavirus (Covid-19) - updated 23 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

AS OF 23 MARCH 2020 ALL CHURCHES ARE NOW CLOSED

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.

It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.

Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.

In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given and stay at home.

Government Guidance

Current Government advice remains the same and is that individuals should follow good hygiene practices if they need to venture out to meet a medical need or to buy food:

* carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and binning the tissue;

* washing hands with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or using sanitiser gel to kill germs on entering and leaving home.

* Keeping a safe distance between you and the person nearest to you - 2 metres is the minimum.

Anyone who has a fever and/or a dry cough should remain at home and self isolate - see the NHS 111 webiste.


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